SEPTEMBER 2000 – View from the Belvedere di Piazza Giovanni Pascoli across the historic town quarter in Matera, Italy, known as “The Sassi”. Several houses have been drilled into the mountain. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
We extensively traveled across Italy in 2000. On our way along the east coast we stopped in Matera which is a typical Italian town – with a twist: they have a town quarter called “The Sassi” with many unusual homes that have been drilled into the mountain. Thousands of people lived in this quarter up to the 1950s.
Some of the appartments could be visited. They were dark and filthy, resembling more holes than places to live. When we were exploring the place on a hot afternoon, we noticed that it was really quiet in the quarter, and barely anyone could be seen on the streets. A bit spooky, actually.
Some of the homes have been restored with modern equipment, and the place is much more popular with tourists today. In any event, Matera is definitely worth a visit.
The high resolution image
|Camera||Canon AE-1 Program|
|Lens||Canon FD 17mm f/4|
|Image Source||Fuji Slide Film|
|Digital Image Source||Minolta Dimage Scan Elite II|
|Digital Image Source Format||TIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||3650 x 2349 Pixel|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|